Emyr Daniel, TV broadcaster, producer and director, dies aged 63

Emyr Daniel, pictured in 1978
Image caption Emyr Daniel, pictured in 1978, worked for the BBC before becoming a senior executive at HTV Wales

The broadcaster and TV producer Emyr Daniel has died at the age of 63.

Born in Maenclochog, Oxford-educated Mr Daniel was a journalist with BBC Wales before joining HTV Wales, becoming managing director in the 1980s.

He was a former chairman of Bafta Cymru and in later years made programmes for S4C as an independent producer.

Rhodri Talfan Davies, director of BBC Cymru Wales, said Mr Daniel "brought rigour, humour and warmth to every team he worked with".

Mr Daniel, who lived in Cardiff, was a pupil at Queen Elizabeth Boys' Grammar School in Carmarthen before attending Jesus College, Oxford.

He worked for the BBC's Welsh language TV news programme Heddiw between 1974 and 1981, and also broadcast regularly on Radio Cymru.

'Pioneering producer and presenter'

Moving to the local ITV commercial station HTV Wales, he became managing director, leading a successful but expensive bid to retain the company's franchise in 1991 when it was readvertised.

Within a year he left the company after opposing cost-cutting measures which included the merger of the HTV's boards of management for Wales and the West Country.

Mr Daniel then became an independent producer, making a number of programmes for S4C.

Rhodri Talfan Davies, director of BBC Cymru Wales, said: "Emyr's broadcasting talents were prodigious.

"He brought rigour, humour and warmth to every team he worked with - from his early years as a reporter and presenter at BBC Wales to his distinguished career at HTV."

Phil Henfrey, head of news and programmes at ITV Wales, said: "Emyr Daniel was one of the leading figures of Welsh broadcasting over four decades.

"He was a key figure in the success of HTV Wales, rising to become managing director of the company.

"His passion was politics and current affairs and he was a pioneering producer and presenter.

"He also masterminded the company's bid to retain the franchise in the early nineties.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time."

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